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Krapina is a town in northern Croatia and serves as the administrative center of Krapina-Zagorje County. With a population of around 4,482 in 2011, it's located in the hilly Zagorje region, roughly 55 km from both Zagreb and Varaždin. Krapina is historically significant and has been known since 1193, often being a favored site for castles and country houses of Croatian and Hungarian rulers.

Photos taken on November 12th, 2023

Fun fact no 1

It was an important center of the Counts of Celje in the 15th century, who fortified and expanded the town and the nearby castle.

Fun fact no 2

Krapina is famous for the Krapina Neanderthal site, where over eight hundred Neanderthal fossils were discovered, representing the largest and richest collection of Neanderthal remains found to date.

Fun fact no 3

The town hosts the yearly Festival kajkavske popevke, celebrating songs in the local Kajkavian language, and is also home to the modern and extensive Krapina Neanderthal Museum.

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Krapina, a city in northwestern Croatia, is the administrative center of the Krapina-Zagorje County. It is situated at 46.1°N 15.9°E and covers an area of 47.53 km². Krapina enjoys a continental climate with average summer temperatures around 20 °C and winter temperatures around 1 °C. The city is characterized by a population density of 272 people per square kilometer.

Located along the Krapinčica River, the city's name is derived from the abundance of carp (locally known as "krap") in the river. Krapina's human history dates back between 120,000 to 50,000 years, as evidenced by Neanderthal remains found on Hušnjakovo hill. Additionally, Roman artifacts have been discovered in the suburbs of Krapina in Mihaljekov Jarek. The first written records of Krapina date back to 1193. During the Middle Ages, the city was home to a fortress, initially a royal property and later owned by various noble families. In the first half of the 16th century, the Keglević family acquired the lordship of Krapina during the peak of Turkish invasions in Croatia. The 17th century saw the arrival of Franciscans, who built St. Catherine's Church and a Franciscan monastery.

An intriguing aspect of Krapina's history is the legend of Čeh, Leh, and Meh, as recorded by Ljudevit Gaj around 1851/1852. This tale, steeped in drama and historical intrigue, revolves around three Slavic kings and their sister Vilina, who had a secret affair with a Roman commander. As per the 2001 census, Krapina had 12,950 residents, spread across 8 local committees. The city's population has been steadily increasing since the mid-19th century, with exceptions during the periods between the World Wars.

Krapina has a long history of craftsmanship and industrial development, dating back to the 15th century. Today, the city is undergoing economic structural changes, with a focus on smaller businesses. The city boasts several notable monuments and attractions. These include the Church of Our Lady of Jerusalem on Trški Vrh, one of the region's most beautiful Baroque churches, the Old Town fortress, the birthplace of Ljudevit Gaj, and the Krapina City Gallery. The Krapina Neanderthal Museum is a major highlight, showcasing significant paleoanthropological findings from the area.

Additionally, Krapina is home to a Franciscan monastery and church of St. Catherine, the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, an archaeological site at Vukšićev breg, and the Forma Prima sculpture park. In the educational sector, Krapina hosts two primary schools, a secondary school with various programs, the Hrvatsko Zagorje University of Applied Sciences, and a public university. The city's Red Cross Society, established in 1885, actively contributes to community welfare through various programs.

Krapina represents a blend of historical richness, cultural significance, and evolving industrial and educational dynamics, making it a noteworthy destination for those visiting the area.